Contents and Arrangement

Benson, Richard K. - Airplane Pilot, 1965

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection consists of 282 transcripts of tape-recorded interviews concerning John Foster Dulles (Princeton Class of 1908) and his times by men and women who knew and worked with him, such as Roswell P. Barnes, Robert R. Bowie, Walter Judd, and Carl McCardle. Some of the main topics covered in the various interviews are the Versailles Treaty, the League of Nations, the Federal Council of Churches, the San Francisco Conference on World Organization of 1945, the United Nations Charter, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Japanese Peace Treaty of 1951, McCarthyism, the Bricker Amendment, and relations of Secretary of State Dulles with the president, Congress, the Dept. of State, his staff, family, friends, and American and foreign statesmen.

A note about the sources in this collection: most of the witnesses whose testimony is here recorded were "friendly." Many made an obvious effort to be objective; some were critical; but very few could be called "hostile." Opinions of all sorts were solicited, but in most instances witnesses who presumably might have been unfriendly to Dulles simply refused to testify.

Every transcript in the collection has been reviewed and approved either by the author or a legal representative. With few exceptions, the only textual changes made in the transcripts have been to improve clarity of meaning. These transcripts represent the nearly verbatim record of informal and unrehearsed conversations.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No information about appraisal is available for this collection.


A complete list of sponsors for the John Foster Dulles Oral History Project is available as part of the descriptive catalogue under "Guides to the Collection."

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library holds a wide range of audiovisual media within its collections, many of which are obsolete or on fragile media or both. To ensure that the information contained within these materials remains accessible, no original media are played for research purposes. Mudd's policy requires that originals be dubbed to a digital medium and checked for copyright. At that point a reference copy may be provided to researchers. All costs of transferring are borne by the researcher.

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Special Requirements for Access:

Mudd Library does not have the facilities to view or listen to original audio material, and obsolete formats will need to be converted to a current format at the patron's expense before a reproduction can be made. Patrons should allow approximately four to six weeks for reproductions.

Credit this material:

Benson, Richard K. - Airplane Pilot; John Foster Dulles Oral History Collection, MC017, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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